Yesterday was the first time in almost a year and a half that I had been back on the campus that made me into who I am. I spent an hour and half talking to students at a place that gave me the voice I needed to become the person I am today. In that moment, I was reminded that sometimes, you have to remind yourself of your greatness because no one else will do it for you.
I recognize that there are thousands, if not MILLIONS of young queer people of color who need me to stay in this fight.
At the end of my keynote address, a woman came up to me and told me that my time as a student and professional led her back to college to attain her Masters degree. As I prepped to leave the space, another person pulled me to the side and said that it was because of me that they did not choose to take their life a few months ago.
I shared with each individual that many of us are on a special mission and we have the responsibility to be/live up to the expectation. Sometimes we don't want it, but it's there. What's most important is to understand that you never know the effects you will have on people, but what you must remember is that sometimes, the universe works through you to help those who need it most. I am so thankful to California State University, San Bernardino for giving me the time and the space to talk about the needs of queer people of color and most, for reminding me why I continue to do what I do.
"They tried to bury me, but they did not know that I was the seed".